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Is expected to notably impact ECU's backfield during first active campaign in a Pirate uniform as, most likely, a short-yardage specialist ... Brings plenty of power, quickness and experience to a multifaceted running back position ... Earned depth chart inclusion as one of five primary rushers after completing first spring practice period at East Carolina ... Missed initial spring scrimmage because of a concussion, but ran for a team-high 24 yards and two touchdowns (1 and 12 yards) on seven carries during the second contest April 7 ... Also caught two passes for two yards ... Rushed five times for 15 yards and pulled down two receptions for 13 yards during the Purple-Gold Game on April 14 ... Ranks as one of the top athletes in ECU's strength and conditioning program ... Currently holds the all-time position (running back) record for a lift in the power clean (374) ... Other notable weight room feats include a 370-pound bench press, 465-pound back squat, 1,342-watt jerk, a vertical jump of 36.5" and a broad jump of 10'.5 ... Impressive strength numbers earned honorable mention status on CBSSports.com's 2012 "Freak List" ... Opened career at ACC-member North Carolina before transferring to East Carolina in the fall of 2011.
2011: Sat out season in compliance with NCAA transfer rules.
2010: Played in 11 games as a reserve running back for the Tar Heels, picking up 29 yards on five carries ... Ran for a team-best 27 yards during UNC's 37-35 victory at Florida State ... Also recorded a personal long rush of 12 yards vs. the Seminoles ... Tallied two yards on a pair of attempts against LSU in the season opener.
2009: Experienced action in all 13 games, mainly on special teams ... Took first offensive snap against Georgia Southern and rushed for six yards on three carries.
High School: Prepped at Mount Tabor High School where he rushed for 6,187 yards and 94 touchdowns - a Forsyth County record - during career ... A four-year varsity starter at tailback who was a three-time conference player-of-the-year (2006, 2007 and 2008) for coach Laymarr Marshall ... Ran for 1,802 yards on 285 carries (6.3 ypg) and scored 25 TDs as a senior to help the Spartans to an 11-2 season and a Central Piedmont Conference title ... Scored multiple touchdowns in seven games, including four against both Durham Southern and Winston-Salem Atkins ... Represented North Carolina in the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star Game ... Considered one of the top 25 players in North Carolina by SuperPrep ... Ranked among the top 100 running backs in the country by ESPN.com ... Member of PrepStar's High School All-Atlantic Region Team ... Also enjoyed illustrious track career, winning state titles in the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump, while earning a Nike Outdoor National Championship in the 100 meters with a time of 10.43.
Personal: Full name is Jefferson Hunter Furr, but prefers to go by Hunter ... Born March 31, 1991 ... A communications major who earned selection to ECU's Honor Roll (3.0 grade point average or higher) for classroom work during the spring semester of 2012 ... Son of Jeff and Deb Furr ... Wears No. 40 (UNC and ECU) in honor of Pat Tillman ... Lists fumbling on the goal line in the state championship high school game as his most embarrassing football moment to date ... Hobbies include playing golf, hunting and fishing ... Credits his father Jeff as having the biggest impact on his life.